Summary

Even a hard man needs a soft side.
Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung.
He doesn't need a kitten.
He doesn't need a pregnant cousin.
He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista and part-time pet portraitist who fills his house and his life with too much color, too much chaos, and too many secrets.
He's getting them anyway.
©2018 Rosalind James (P)2018 Rosalind James
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5 out of 5 stars
By Giggle6666 on 17-04-18

Bittersweet Romance excellent performance

Emma Wilder really brought the characters in this book to life. This book really was an escape!
The story itself was really engaging I know anyone listening will fall in love with Marko, Nyree and Ella.
A really great story about the bittersweetness of growing up , making life's hard choices and falling in love.
Plenty of family drama with a few rugby players thrown in . Really really engaging book.



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5 out of 5 stars
By KathyW, UK on 06-04-18

Brilliant (as usual)!

Absolutely loved this story. I think perhaps it's my favourite of the series. Absolutely hysterical wedding scene, funnier to listen to than read, and the Ella and Josie 'interview' and last chapters had me weeping. Definitely be re-listening to this in due course. I like this narrator very much as well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Virginia on 27-04-18

One of James’ best

While I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series, I think this is one of the best. Great characters, plot, plot twists and sub plots. And the narrator, Emma Wilder, does a terrific jobs with all the different voices. I especially liked the way James handled the dilemma that Ella deals with. Very nuanced. Looking forward to the next book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By c9pilot on 18-04-18

Another Great Trip to New Zealand!

Would you listen to Just Say (Hell) No again? Why?

Yes, I would definitely listen again. While the main plotline was a typical Rosalind James romance, it was the secondary characters and sub-plots that really beefed up the story. And what’s “typical” RJ romance? Complicated, flawed characters who have to work hard for the happy ending. Real life happens and they cope.

Which character – as performed by Emma Wilder – was your favorite?

Not a formal “character”, but the backdrop of the country of New Zealand. Its culture and geography and weather. The All Blacks and rugby. I don’t know how anybody could read or listen to one of these books and not want to drop everything and visit En Zed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Maybe a bit of a spoiler, but of course I was bawling while listening to the Josie sub-plot. Emma Wilder just killed that one scene - could not have been read any better.

Any additional comments?

Although this book is stand-alone, reading the previous books in the “Escape” series does add some depth to the characters. I don’t know what the magic ingredients are, but some of the books I prefer to read and some I prefer to listen. I think this one will go into the “listen” category because the narration is just terrific.

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